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We have helped over 23 million people worldwide. Behind this number lie the stories of how individual lives have been transformed in some of the world's poorest communities.

Real stories

Dangerous deliveries: Margarita’s story 8 Mar 2016

In Columbus, Nicaragua, it’s not unusual to see midwife Margarita riding her horse on her way to help a mum-to-be in labour. But in an area without access to safe, clean water, reaching remote communities hasn’t been her only challenge.

Sewing success: Alice’s story 8 Mar 2016

Every month, Alice used to see her female students vanish from class. They were too ashamed to come to school, because of the lack of water and decent toilets to help them manage their periods. Then one piece of equipment changed everything.

A better life in the city: Ram Rati’s story 8 Mar 2016

How much do you invest in your community when it’s an illegal settlement that could be pulled down at any time? Ram Rati has dedicated her time, energy and dedication to transforming conditions in Harijan Basti, Delhi – with incredible results. 

A clean start: Margaret’s story 8 Mar 2016

Keeping a labour ward clean is a challenging task at the best of times – let alone when you don’t have a regular supply of safe water. As a cleaner at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania, Margaret has gone to extreme lengths to keep mums-to-be and their new babies safe.

Hazel's maternity bag

Maternity bags around the world 25 Jan 2016

Join us as we take a look inside maternity bags around the world – and find out what clean, safe water means to mums-to-be as their due date draws near.

Midwife Juliana Msoffe holds a newborn baby in the labour ward at Kiomboi Hospital, Iramba, Tanzania, June 2015.

A midwife's dilemma 22 Jan 2016

Working at a hospital without enough clean, safe water means Juliana faces impossible decisions, every day.

Knowledge Mweemba of Hamakumo Village in Monze, Zambia, stands next to a recently rehabilitated community borehole.

Tapping into the community spirit 13 Jan 2016

For a small village like Hamakumo, a safe water supply is the lifeblood of the community – which is why this Zambian community has banded together to make sure it continues to flow.